Cool Kid gives community service new meaning

LOS ANGELES Her decision to run came from the way she was raised.

"Encouraged with the idea that I can do anything I wanted and always help people however I can. So the neighborhood council, that's exactly what it's for," said Lester.

Just the act of running for the position produced a positive response from several adults in her area.

"It's just the most amazing feeling ever. I've had some teachers who have told me, 'I've never voted in an election, but I drove a half an hour to vote for you,'" said Lester.

Lester, a junior at Shalhevet High School, hopes she has an effect on people in her age group.

"When there's a big volunteer opportunity, [I work] to get people from my school and my friends that don't go to my school to be more involved," said Lester.

Just like any good leader, Lester has a vision of the future of her neighborhood.

"Flowers everywhere, stores that are thriving in business everywhere, so just it's a genuinely beautiful place and eco-friendly place to be," said Lester.

Building a bridge between generations to make a brighter future for everyone around her, /*Rachel Lester*/ is our /*Cool Kid*/.

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